Film: The Hate U Give

Opened: October 5, 2018

Directed by: George Tillman Jr.

Starring: Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, K.J. Apa, Common, Anthony Mackie, Algee Smith, Lamar Johnson, Issa Rae, TJ Wright, Dominique Fishback, Drew Starkey & Sabrina Carpenter

Based on the 2017 novel by Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give brings an important narrative to the big screen.

Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg) has to live two lives as her home is in a black neighborhood but she attends a white upper-class school. After a party one night, Starr witnesses her unarmed friend Khalil (Algee Smith) shot dead by a white cop (Drew Starkey).

This movie is full of strong emotions. Starr has to deal with the loss of her friend, while also trying to figure out the balance of a life where she doesn’t feel truly like herself either place she lives. Stenberg gives an incredible performance.

More stories like this need to make their way to the big screen. Not only do they spark conversation, but they’re also an agent for change.

Final say: A must-see. ★★★★★

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